Director of People

About Us

At Cascade Energy, we believe in better.  We come to work every day with a drive for continuous improvement, and we dedicate ourselves to making industrial energy efficiency happen in smart, measurable, and sustained ways.  We offer utilities and industrial facilities novel ways to meet their sustainability, emission reduction, and energy savings goals.  We specialize in energy efficiency program design and implementation; carbon tracking and report; scope 1,2, and 3 consulting services, energy efficiency engineering; energy management software, and hands-on training and coaching.  Our reputation for stellar, high-quality work has expanded our reach throughout North America to serve clients ranging in size from small up to Fortune 500 companies in their pursuit of wide-ranging decarbonization and energy savings objectives.  Cascade has offices in Oregon, Washington, Utah, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, California, and the Northeast region.

Why work at Cascade?

As a 100% employee-owned company (ESOP), Cascadians foster and value a culture of equals, initiative, and ownership.  Our teams reflect our core company values: Do the Right Thing; Put Others First; Seek Shared Success; Learn Constantly; and Be Industrious.  Our customers are vitally important to us, and we pride ourselves on stellar customer service.  Our team members are a dedicated and diverse group of ambassadors, representing Cascade Energy, striving to embody our values, ensure we are responsive, and consistently delighting our customers.

In alignment with our values and doing better, Cascade Energy celebrates and values diversity as vital for increased creativity and innovation and faster problem solving, and we are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect, free of discrimination and harassment.  Learn more about DEIA at Cascade by visiting

Cascade promotes a healthy work-life balance and appreciates employee contribution in all areas. We walk the talk about our commitment to learning constantly, with a focus on the ongoing development of every team member. Cascade is a strong supporter of flexible working arrangements, and offers role-dependent options for remote, hybrid, and in-office work.

About This Opportunity

We are seeking a Director of People. This is a senior level management role responsible for leading all organization-wide People and HR strategies to support Cascade Energy’s culture and strategic business plans and optimize the benefits of an ESOP structure. This includes Talent Acquisition, Compensation and Benefits, Performance Management, Employee Relations, DEIA strategy, Human Resource systems, Learning and Development, Policies and Processes, and Compliance.

The Director of People will lead a team of 5-7 employees and will assess, lead, and mentor team members to provide the business with support and programming needed to attract the right talent, keep employees engaged and learning, and promote internal mobility and retention as Cascade grows.

What You Will Be Doing:

Lead the People/HR Function

  • Lead Cascade’s People Strategy and Culture
    • Drive strategy and tactics to support employee engagement and our Values in Action
    • Build and articulate employee proposition around the ESOP structure
    • Drive internal Communications and change management efforts
  • Drive People Programs, Processes, and Operations
    • Oversee day to day HR Operations to support all employees
    • Drive strategy, program design, and execution in all areas of HR:
      • Diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility, and belonging
      • Talent Acquisition and onboarding
      • Talent management, including internal mobility, career ladders
      • Learning and Development
      • Employee relations
    • Establish, reinforce, and maintain HR Policies and Procedures
  • Resource Planning and Leading the People Team
    • Assess and plan the work, structure, and roles of the People function
    • Manage budget and resources
    • Provide mentoring, management, leadership, and team development
  • Optimize and Mature the People and HR Functions
    • Scope, prioritize, plan, and lead the implementation and change management of the People/HR related initiatives across the company
    • Build systemic, scalable operations to build institutional knowledge

Executive Management

  • Participates as a member of Cascade’s Leadership Team
  • Direct the People Team in the implementation of strategies short-and long-range plans as initiated by the CEO, Board, and Leadership Team
  • Consults with relevant departments and managers prior to recommending and establishing new policies to ensure the availability of support and resources
  • Develops, improves, and monitors management techniques, applying continuous quality improvement to all parts of the organization to enhance the brand and improve profitability
  • Provides assistance to supervisory personnel in establishing department philosophy and objectives related to staffing and performance standards, policies and procedures, job classifications, and compliance with governmental regulations
  • Leads, participates in, and coordinates other special initiatives and activities at the direction of the CEO and Leadership Team

This is a full-time, exempt position to be located in the preferred location of Portland, OR. We are also open to non-Portland candidates in proximity to other office locations.  However, travel may be up to 60 days per year or more.  This would include in-person visits to corporate headquarters in Portland, several times per month, regular in-person visitation with key business and association contacts or teams, and participation in key industry events, conferences, and meetings.


Applicants for this role are required to have:

  • Bachelor’s Degree, advanced degree preferred
  • 10+ years progressive HR leadership experience, with 4-5 years leading an HR function
  • Experience as an HR Business Partner or similar role supporting executives and/or senior leadership for a company with more than 250 employees
  • Experience with ESOPs preferred

A successful candidate should also demonstrate these characteristics and/or skills:

  • Uncompromised personal integrity, fairness, and commitment to the appropriate level of confidentiality
  • High emotional intelligence and excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication
  • Proven expertise and experience in DEIA strategy and operations
  • Demonstrated ability to set a vision, build a strategy, and lead and grow a team

For candidates whose experience may not align perfectly with all these preferred skills but can see themselves adding value in this role, we encourage you to still apply. Cascade is dedicated to building an inclusive and authentic workplace and places strong import on learning and development. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

Compensation & Benefits

Our total rewards include competitive pay and excellent benefits. These include health (90% paid for team member, 70% paid for dependents on HDHP plans and 85% paid for team member, 65% paid for dependents on PPO plans),  vision, FSA or HSA options with an employer contribution, life insurance, short- and long-term disability insurance, paid parental leave, 401k retirement plan with a guaranteed 3% contribution, Employee Stock Ownership Program (ESOP), annual cash performance bonus, paid vacation, sick time, and an inclusive, flexible paid holiday policy. New for 2024 – we are excited to add an additional wellbeing contribution of $500 for HSA, FSA, or LSA (Lifestyle Spending Account).


The salary range for this position in Portland OR is $123,000 – $166,000/year. However, final salary offered may vary depending on non-discriminatory factors such as job-related knowledge, skills and experiences, and geographical location if different than the above.

Application Process

Please submit a current resume (PDF). We would also appreciate a letter of interest (PDF) describing why our team or the position resonates with you, and how your experience makes you a great choice for the role. If you submit a letter, please combine it with your resume in one PDF document.

  • Please, no phone calls.
  • Please, no outside recruiters or agencies.
  • Cascade Energy is not able to provide sponsorship for work authorization in the U.S.

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